patella

noun pa·tel·la \ pə-ˈte-lə \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of patella

plural patellae play \pə-ˈte-(ˌ)lē, -ˌlī\ or patellas
:a thick flat triangular movable bone that forms the anterior point of the knee and protects the front of the joint called also kneecap

patellar

play \pə-ˈte-lər\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of patella

Latin, from diminutive of patina shallow dish


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patella

noun pa·tel·la \ pə-ˈte-lə \

Definition of patella for Students

plural patellae \-ˈte-lē, -ˈte-ˌlī\ or patellas

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patella

noun pa·tel·la \ pə-ˈtel-ə \

medical Definition of patella

plural patellae play \-ˈtel-(ˌ)ē, -ˌī\ or patellas
:a thick flat triangular movable bone that forms the anterior point of the knee, protects the front of the joint, increases the leverage of the quadriceps, and is usually regarded as a sesamoid bone since it is developed in the tendon of the quadriceps and in structure is similar to other sesamoid bones called also kneecap, kneepan

patellar

play \-ər\ adjective

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